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So, you're taking an online class! Congratulations! This is the way of the future and you can do this! In some ways online learning is a lot easier than in-class work, you just have to know how to do it. Once you get the hang of it, it is much more efficient becuase you don't have to stop for class distractions or the teacher correcting other students or other things that suck up a lot of class time in a live class.
Here are a few tips for success. These will work for students in NCVPS classes and other online courses based on my experience helping middle schoolers this year and with online learning in general with high schoolers and college students.
Step 1. Choose the course wisely. Do you have time? Do you have interest? You will do best if you have a set aside daily time and an interest. Don't worry, though, even if the course was chosen for you, or if you're busy, you can still succeed. Just read on...
Step 2. Check the materials posted online as soon as you can log in. This gives you time to correct any problems with your login and helps you learn your way around the online platform your teacher is using. Click each button and tab to see what is there. Do this every day until the course officially starts so you don't forget useful locations.
Step 3. Find and Print a hard copy of the calendar. Sometimes this is part of the "syllabus" sometimes it is a separate calendar. Post it in the room you will be working in or place it the front of your notebook or your binder (or both) CHECK OFF EACH LESSON AS YOU COMPLETE IT. This keeps you from falling behind and keeps you from missing a test or quiz.
Step 4: Write your teacher or contact your online coordinator AS SOON AS you notice anything wrong. Don't assume it's your fault and above all don't try to hide your confusion. Online teachers sometimes can't see the same screen their students see. This is a big problem because they might THINK you can view something you can't . Also there may be technical issues with your equipment or a site they ask you to use and they can give you a fix or a new link.
Step 5: Do the WORK *
Don't skip steps. Are you remembering to check off your lesson progress on your printed calendar every day like I told you in step 3? If not, you MUST! In a live class, you have someone to yell at you (well, nicely nag you) and get you back on task, in an online class, your teacher can't see you and remind you so the calendar becomes your nag. It is a good idea to add the due dates to your google calendar so you can set notifications and text reminders to come to your phone. I set multiple reminders for important dates.
Step 6: CHECK YOUR GRADES. You should have found the place where you can view upcoming assignment due dates and graded work. Check that tab every class period to make sure you're on track. If a grade is low, go back to step 4. You should contact your teacher unless it is totally clear to you where you messed up and how to fix it going forward. If they aren't helpful check with online tutorial and gaming sites. They might have fun ways to master the content so you can get back on track. Try Khan Academy tutorials or language apps like Duolingo
* a special section for students who have trouble with step 5. if you have difficulty making yourself work here are a few tips:
If you just don't like the class, force yourself to get the assignment done before you do anything you are more motivated to do. fun "Eat your vegetables before dessert" .www.linkedin.com/pulse/how-make-yourself-work-when-youre-mood-dr-travis-bradberry
Get a study buddy to force you to do the work.
Offer yourself a reward for getting all your work done each week
Break jobs down into smaller tasks so you don't psych yourself out with all you have to do.
Set alarms on your phone and don't stop working until it rings
Hide your phone and don't look at it or go to another website until you've completed the day's activity.
If that sounds too hard, do one half of the work then take a play break. Set an online timer for 5 minutes so you don't forget and play all class.
More ideas here: www.quora.com/How-can-I-stop-procrastinating-as-a-high-school-student-and-just-get-good-grades
That's Amazing! Mind Blown! Socratic STEAM!
Welcome, students! Go to classroom.google.com and enter join code 5qzj5o4
Anytime you finish assignments early go to diy.org/skills or free rice.
Piedmont's new club for all things string
How to Make your own embroidery hoop
Little Book of Embroidery Stitches
Video: Step By Step Embroidery shows you how to use the hoop, thread the needle and begin.
Basic Embroidery Stitches
PROJECT 2 : Stick and Stone Wraps
Inspiration: Book Binding
Choose a Design or create your own
Ideas to copy
Choose your colors
Wrap your item. Tie or glue it. Add beads or embellishments as desired. Use special knotting if desired (like friendship bracelets)
Project 3: YOUR CHOICE
Continue embroidery or needlepoint project as in project 1 or wrapping as in project 2.
or make a new project:
Make aGods Eye (see image)
Make String Art (see below)
or any other string or thread project you want to try: Macrame, knitting, etc. I will show you a different one each week to give you ideas.
Hammer and Nail String Art
Thread, string, or yarn, and either:
wood and nails, Pins and styrofoam, tacks and card or foam board. or needle and card or carton (like cereal box covered in constructon paper or wrapping paper) https://www.pinterest.com/pin/423760646163293000
Follow directions for the project you chose. Ms. Gurthie is learning along with you but is happy to help and troubleshoot and advise and admire!
Your video must have the requirement set out by your teacher. For Mr. Egnot and Ms. Thornburg, the video must include historical footage (you can use YouTube to find clips) plus your own footage plus voice overs where you describe the importance of the footage you've chosen)These specific instructions and hacks are from the 7th grade assignment but might help others:
To make your Individuals and Societies documentary, you must have:
WeVideo is a free app on your Chromebook. Today we'll learn how to use it to make a short videoIf you need more information, click tutorials and developer support for WeVideo
Login to Chromebook with your school Google Account
Open the WeVideo app icon or go to the WeVideo url
Sign up or Log In using your Google account (that's the same account you use to log into your Chromebook at school.
Do the tutorial that immediately loads.
Begin filming and editing. For help, use the tutorials at WeVideo Academy, for example this one shows
How To Record Video with Your Webcam
Give yourself time for something to go wrong. Tech is glitchy but persevere and you will be proud of your result.
if you need your video longer than 5 minutes, you'll have to make 2 videos separately: Part 1 and Part 2.
How to Create an IB POrtfolio and Move Files into the Subfolders.
Thank you to Mr. Ciambrone for making this slideshow.
How to Take Photos and Upload to Google Drive from Your Chromebook
You even take photos of your 3D work, posters, papers, or IB rubrics that you wish to upload to your IB Portfolio. All you do is take a photo with your chromebook, click "save to disk" and that opens up Google Drive. From there you can add it to the correct subfolder of your IB Portfolio. Ms Lyttle's 2nd block demonstrates how to take and add photos to your IB Portfolio from a chromebook below:
Compass Learning automatically provides you with training to level up your skills.
From your Chromebook or from home, here is how to log in in 3 easy steps and begin working at your own pace on activities and assignments selected for you according to your strengths and weaknesses on your last MAP test:
See your teacher or Ms. Gurthie if you need assistance.
once you're in, just choose the area you want to work on and then choose the lesson to begin
Complete this form every club day:
The iMovie and Roving reporters clubs at Piedmont are your chance to create videos about things happening at school of interest to your classmates.
Ingredients to a good movie:
To film and/or edit you can use:
Video can be shared among devices by uploading it to Google Drive. Shorter clips are easier to upload.
You will keep a portfolio of your BEST IB work while at Piedmont. This portfolio will be in your Google Drive and will prove that you are achieving progress in the IB criteria for each of the 8 areas the IB assesses.
To make your IB Portfolio, follow along with the video below (pause as needed) or read on to see the steps in writing:
Students aren't the only ones who keep portfolios of their work. The images below are from professional architect portfolios.
Sure you're still in middle school, but there's no reason you can't start making a positive digital footprint right now. We will start with your IB portfolio: a digital folder of your best work that you are proud to show off. Work that shows your growth in all the areas of IB.
Creating Your IB Portfolio: Step By Step:
Related Posts and Instructions:
How to Add IB Work Samples to Google Drive
Upload instructions from iPhone and iPad:
Sometimes students think they are too young to make a difference. But you're never too young to help others.
The IB Community Project is your chance to find something in your heart that matters and work toward making a positive impact.
1.Create a folder in your Google Drive and call it “IB Community Project”. (You will keep this folder through 8th grade)
2.In that folder, create a Google Doc. Title it “Community Project Ideas”.
3.On your document, list any community and service activities that you have already completed.
4.Now, pick one (or more) of the activities you listed and explain:
•WHO you impacted…
•WHY you enjoyed it…
5.From your last response, would you like to continue making that same impact?
If YES, then think of some additional ways to continue making an impact with that community.
-For example: If you have already served food at a homeless shelter, what else could you do on a bigger scale to make a difference? Start your own clothing drive for the shelter, knit blankets for the people, raise money/ gather toys for the kids, etc..)If NO, look at the examples on the Community Project slideshow starting at slide 15 to help you...
Thanks to Donors choose and Mrs. Newburger's eternal optimism and tireless grant writing, Piedmont's media center won a BB8 droid complete with iPad in a cool protective case for operating on the go.
Come by the Makerspace and check it out. BB8 already has a fan club, I think!
Check out these photos and videos from the first two days of his life at our school.
There's still plenty to discover. He can be coded, you can draw a path with your finger and have him patrol, he has been plenty talkative, and even has Augmented reality Star Wars action.
It's a wonderful time to be alive, kids! The future is here! No, seriously, do you think my middle school library in the 70s had droids for loan? No, I tell you, they most certainly did not!
- Love, Ms. Gurthie
Not the Skill You're looking for, there's plenty more to learn and do in the Makerspace!
Big Hero 6 and the Maker Movement
This is Ms. Gurthie's place for students at Piedmont and elsewhere to find resources to fuel their passions. Besides making fun lesson ideas for teachers, I wanted this space to provide PD for students too!